Racine Horlick Legend Mike McClendon


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OVERVIEW

In this thread you will find a montage of results and newspaper clippings for the 1967 WIAA Class A Mile Champion Mike McClendon of Racine Horlick HS. He competed for the Rebels through the 1966-1967 school year – his junior year – until his family moved in the summer of 1967. He finished out his senior year competing for Clear Creek HS in Seabrook, Texas. There Mike McClendon won AAA titles in Cross Country and also the spring Mile before heading to the University of Oregon where he competed in Cross Country and Track & Field.

McClendon was purported to have been “young” for his graduating high school class in 1968 meaning he was the same age as those in the class of 1969 (Glenn Herold, Dennis Biel, et al). While McClendon competed for the Oregon Ducks he recorded times of 1:49.5 in the 880 and 4:00.1 in the Mile. He was also a 1969 Division 1 All-American in Cross Country where he finished 15th individually and helped the Ducks to a third place team finish.


WISCONSIN


MIKE MCCLENDON
JUNIOR

 RACINE HORLICK

Personal Bests:


1966 CLASS A CROSS COUNTRY

  • Big Eight Champion
  • Various course records set throughout year
  • 3rd at Midwest behind Jerome Liebenberg and a kid from Illinois
  • Team State Champions, Sub-par 11th at the State Meet RESULTS

1967 CLASS A MILE RESULTS

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1967 STATE MEET ANNOUNCEMENT


TEXAS

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MIKE MCCLENDON
SENIOR

 CLEAR CREEK

Personal Bests:

  • 1:56.2yi
  • 4:15.8 (4:14.3y)
  • 2.2 Mile XC - 10:06

1967 AAA CROSS COUNTRY:

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1968 AAA TRACK & FIELD:

1968 TEXAS STATE HONOR ROLL

Early March
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End of Season
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1968 UIL AAA MILE RESULTS

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1968 WIAA CLASS A MILE RESULTS

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OREGON

 OREGON

1969 Oregon Ducks Cross Country

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Personal Bests:

  • 1:49.5
  • 4:00.1
  • sub-14 for 3 Miles
  • 10k XC - 29:17 (Pac-8 Meet)

1969 Oregon Ducks Sports Blotter

1969 NCAA D1 CROSS COUNTRY RESULTS
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Historical Photo Challenge
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#2

Great find, as I was not at all familiar with him. Love the checkerboard jersey on the Palestine runner in the 1968 Texas state mile!


#3

awesome stuff Zen- Is the Donnie Anderson in bold the same Donnie Anderson that played halfback for the Packers back in the day?? How did you get the 1966 state D1 CC results. Did it come in that form or did you type that up. I was looking for the D2 1966 results. HOLY #$@% THERE’S PRE IN THAT PHOTO IN THE MIDDLE IN THE FRONT ROW. Probably freshman year as he looks really young and has shorter hair and a baby face. That photo is GOLD. Dillingger, Bowerman, Pre, and our boy. WOW.


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The WIAA website has the top 41 finishers for D2 for the 1966 meet, no times though.


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No idea about Donnie Anderson but youre indeed right that McClendon was very close to Pre. Upon discovery I had wondered if McClendon was casted in Without Limits?

The WIAA state meet archive has been added to apparently by Todd Clark but the transmission has noticeable errors in the name spellings as I am guessing many results were hand written. Plus it is a lot of information to sit down and lose precious moments of your life to. Unfortunately our sports’ quantification standards appear to not have been intact like they are today until a much later point in time. Would be curious as to how Junior McClendon’s third fared against Jerome Liebenberg’s 9:54 at the 2.2 Mile Midwest meet. Liebenberg’s time would mean he passed through 3200 around 9:00. Not that I dont believe an 8:33 steepler/future 8:49 two miler wouldnt be capable it just seems stretched considering he ran about 4:29 at sectionals in the spring of 1968. Unless JL was injured most of the track season and didnt have a good state meet. He was, however, the State XC Champ.


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I would say the 9:54 would be pretty far fetched since if that was on grass even very flat grass the times are about 8 seconds per mile slower on grass than on a modern track but they may have run on cinders back then. A massive talent never the less. The meets in that era often were either 2.2 or 2.1 miles or somewhere in between. When I ran at Black Hawk in high school that course was 2.1 miles which in that case the 9:54 was still a superlative time but more believable. I have never seen this picture before as it is full of legends. Bowerman and his waffle iron making shoes in his garage, Dillinger Bowerman’s protege who ultimately took over the Duck Program and kept the tradition going strong, and baby faced PRE sitting in the front row in the middle who would go on to be the James Dean of running in the USA and become a legend for all time.


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The amount of amazing history from this site between @zen @AnakinFavre and of course always @Biff as well as some of the other old school members @westharrier @zeeeblob @galactic321 and many others is truly awesome. any coach or running enthusiast should find the content of some of the recent posts and pictures truly special. Heck i know a lot from say 1979-1990 and beyond and much of this work outdates me so I am having a blast learning and enjoying all these great stories and photos. I just wanted to highlight the great work lately by a lot of your efforts and I appreciate all of your efforts as a fan!!